Evaluation of the 8310-N-S manufactured by Sutron–Results of bench, temperature, and field deployment testing

Open-File Report 2015-1210



The Sutron 8310-N-S (8310) data collection platform (DCP) manufactured by Sutron Corporation was evaluated by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) Hydrologic Instrumentation Facility (HIF) for conformance to the manufacturer’s specifications for recording and transmitting data. The 8310-N-S is a National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA)-enclosed DCP with a built-in Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite transmitter that operates over a temperature range of −40 to 60 degrees Celsius (°C). The evaluation procedures followed and the results obtained are described in this report for bench, temperature chamber, and outdoor deployment testing. The three units tested met the manufacturer’s stated specifications for the tested conditions, but two of the units had transmission errors either during temperature chamber or deployment testing. During outdoor deployment testing, 6.72 percent of transmissions by serial number 1206109 contained errors, resulting in missing data. Transmission errors were also observed during temperature chamber testing with serial number 1208283, at an error rate of 3.22 percent. Overall, the 8310 has good logging capabilities, but the transmission errors are a concern for users who require reliable telemetered data.

Suggested Citation

Kunkle, G.A., 2016, Evaluation of the 8310 manufactured by Sutron—Results of bench, temperature, and field deployment testing: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2015–1210, 6 p., http://dx.doi.org/10.3133/ofr20151210.

ISSN: 2331-1258 (online)

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Table of Contents

  • Abstract
  • Introduction
  • Description of the Sutron 8310-N-S Data Collection Platform
  • Methods
  • Results
  • Summary
  • References Cited
Publication type Report
Publication Subtype USGS Numbered Series
Title Evaluation of the 8310-N-S manufactured by Sutron–Results of bench, temperature, and field deployment testing
Series title Open-File Report
Series number 2015-1210
DOI 10.3133/ofr20151210
Year Published 2016
Language English
Publisher U.S. Geological Survey
Publisher location Reston, VA
Contributing office(s) Office of Surface Water
Description iii, 6 p.
Country United States
State Mississippi
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Online Only (Y/N) Y
Additional Online Files (Y/N) N
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